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MCA appoints Vanessa Guthrie as chair

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World Coal,

Dr Vanessa Guthrie has been elected as chair of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the first woman to hold the post in the MCA’s forty year history.

Dr Guthrie is the Chief Executive of Toro Energy, which is developing uranium operations in Western Australia. She replaces outgoing chair, Andrew Michelmore, CEO of base metals mining company, MMG.

“Andrew has led the MCA during an extremely volatile and challenging period,” said Dr Guthrie. “Like the sector it represents, the MCA has refocused its efforts on core priority issues and delivered more with less.”

Guthrie also argued that a strong mining sector was “more important than ever” for the Australian economy.

Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed the mining continued to play a key role in Australia’s economic growth. Mining contributed 0.5 percentage points to GDP growth of 1.1% in the March quarter.

Mining production rose by 6.2% from the December 2015 quarter and 11.2% on the March 2015 quarter, according to the ABS.

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